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What Are Slobber Straps?

Slobber straps are pieces of leather that attach reins to a bit (see photos below). They generally serve three purposes:

Slobber straps can be plain, or fancy with tooling, lacing, buckles, conchos, etc.

Below: Cowhide-covered slobber straps being used with a nylon mecate.

Slobber straps being used with a mecate


Below: Slobber straps with leather split reins. These are plain leather without any fancy tooling, buckles, etc.

Slobber straps with split reins

Two Main Types

Slobber straps come in two main styles. One style is designed to be used with a mecate, and the other type is designed to be used with split reins (or a similar rein). The difference between the two styles is in how the mecate or reins attach to the slobber strap.


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